• Vol. 37 No. 8, 695–700
  • 15 August 2008

The Scope of Paediatric Sleep Medicine

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ABSTRACT

Despite apparent similarities to adult sleep medicine, the disorders of paediatric sleep medicine have a distinct epidemiology and pathophysiology. During childhood, the physiology of sleep develops and matures, resulting in changing patterns of normal behaviours and of sleep disorders. Through a fictional case scenario, this article aims to convey the range and complexity of disorders that may be encountered and the various investigations and treatments available to the paediatric sleep physician.


Despite apparent similarities to adult sleep medicine, the disorders of paediatric sleep medicine have a distinct epidemiology and pathophysiology. During childhood, the physiology of sleep develops and matures, resulting in changing patterns of normal behaviours and of sleep disorders.

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